Michigan Fends Off RIT Behind Racine's Career-High 42 Saves
Phil Di Giuseppe

Oct. 12, 2013

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Site: Rochester, N.Y. (Blue Cross Arena)
Score: #10 Michigan 7, RIT 4
Records: U-M (2-0), RIT (0-2)
Attendance: 10,556
Next U-M Event: Friday, Oct. 18 -- at New Hampshire (Durham, N.H.), 7:30 p.m.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Phil Di Giuseppe had two goals and an assist, Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves had a goal and an assist, and Kevin Clare dished out a trio of helpers to lead the University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 10 USA Hockey, No. 11 USCHO) to a 7-4 win at RIT in front of 10,556 fans at Blue Cross Arena.

Goaltender Steve Racine made a career-high 42 saves, including 13 in the third period.

Evan Allen broke a 4-4 deadlock at 19:04 in the second period to give the Wolverines the lead for good after RIT had scored four straight goals to tie the contest.

In the third period, Tyler Motte recorded his first career goal to seal the win for Michigan, and Andrew Copp added an empty-netter with 19 seconds to play.

The Wolverines took a 4-0 lead in the first period, scoring three goals in the first 10:00 of play, with one from Di Giuseppe on the man-advantage followed by Derek DeBlois and Di Giuseppe even-strength markers.

Di Giuseppe notched his first goal of the season on a backhander in the slot off a feed from Alex Guptill at 2:25. Guptill fed DeBlois in the high slot, and his wrist shot over the blocker of RIT goaltender Jordan Ruby put Michigan ahead 2-0 at 4:33. Minutes later, Di Giuseppe snuck behind the RIT defense in the offensive zone, took a pass from Zach Hyman and beat Ruby at 8:48 to make it 3-0.

Later, Nieves recorded his first goal of the season on a two-on-one feed from Hyman, beating Ruby over the shoulder at 13:32 to put the Wolverines up 4-0 after one period of play.

RIT stormed back in the second period with four unanswered goals, as Michigan took seven penalties in the period to aid the Tigers comeback.

Mike Colavecchia scored a power-play goal at 5:38 on an end-to-end rush to put RIT on the board. The Tigers continued the rally with even-strength goals from Ben Lynch (8:59) and Matt Garbowsky (10:03). The Tigers tied the game on a power-play goal by Nolan Descoteaux, who batted a loose puck out of the air past Racine at 15:12.

Allen gave Michigan the lead for good, corralling a dump-in by Clare and firing a quick shot from the side boards past Ruby with less than a minute to play in the period.

The Wolverines will be back in action next Friday night (Oct. 18) at nationally ranked New Hampshire for the first of two games against the Wildcats. Puck-drop is 7:30 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 19).

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